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Inviting God In to the Pain

Inviting God In to the Pain

What do I do with the pain?” a woman I was mentoring asked. She was referring to emotional and psychological wounds from her childhood for which she had not yet found healing. It would not have bothered her except that she felt hindered in her effectiveness for God’s...

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The Road Ahead: When Less is More

The Road Ahead: When Less is More

Exhausted and utterly spent, I am close to the edge. It is a familiar but unhappy place, one in which I have spent for most of my life. From as far back as I could remember, I have been driven—driven to succeed, to perform, to seek love and approval by producing work...

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The Price of God’s Favor

“Favor makes for a dangerous life,” Gary Wilkerson wrote in a devotional that came across my desk this morning. He cites several biblical examples: Mary found favor with God and became the mother Jesus. A sword pierced her heart. Joseph found favor with God and...

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Chronic Illness and the Holidays: Give the Gift of Self-Care

Chronic Illness and the Holidays: Give the Gift of Self-Care

Chronic pain and illness can make any day a challenge, but throw in holiday stress and expectations, and it can push over the edge. The idealistic holiday parties depicted on television and in books and magazines just add to the stress. Unrealistic gift-giving guides...

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Rx for the Holidays: Cultivate Gratitude

Rx for the Holidays: Cultivate Gratitude

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, and with it, festive times with friends and family. However, for those living with chronic disease and illness, unrealistic expectations, difficulties with travel, and busy schedules can add up to increased pain and fatigue,...

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Can Art Heal? Using Art to Transcend Chronic Pain and Illness

Can Art Heal? Using Art to Transcend Chronic Pain and Illness

Can tapping into our creativity help us transcend chronic pain and illness? Can art heal not only our bodies but also our soul and spirits? Questions like these have been part of my ongoing quest to live well with chronic pain and illness. While some answers remain...

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Harnessing the Power of Place

Harnessing the Power of Place

Not long ago, during a time when stress and fatigue had taken their toll on my body, I booked a weekend away at a local bed and breakfast. Nestled in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I watched breathtaking mountain sunsets, delighted in deer frolicking in the...

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Holy Listening as a Spiritual Discipline

Holy Listening as a Spiritual Discipline

What if our greatest gift to others is how well we listen not the wisdom of our words? "Christians have forgotten that the ministry of listening has been committed to us by Him who is Himself the great listener and whose work we should share.” ~Dietrich Bonheoffer,...

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Living from the Inside Out — Huh?

Living from the Inside Out — Huh?

“What does it mean to live from the inside out?” people ask me. First let me tell you what it's NOT. It is not about trying harder, and it’s not about praying more, serving more, doing more. It is not which church you attend or whether you tithe or give to missions....

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Rule of Life: Part 1 of 2

Rule of Life: Part 1 of 2

*This is a first draft. Grace please. “Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him . . . fix your attention...

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